I’m in the middle of preparing my reading for Oxford and am very much looking forward to being there next week. It’s funny though, how when I re-visit my own poems, I have to work out again what I was thinking at the time I wrote them – what particular thing(s) inspired me to write them. I’m going to read my Horace Epodes, and just hope that I’ll cope with reading the ruder ones out loud without feeling too embarrassed!
Image received from Dr. Ashleigh Fletcher
I’m also working on a Science and Poetry project which culminates in an event at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle on National Poetry Day. This requires me to respond to images provided by three scientists. I’ve already received one image, which, I have to say was absolutely beautiful. The image was supplied to me by Dr. Ashleigh Fletcher (click to enlarge). Could have been a jellyfish, could have been something from space, could have been anything! I deliberately wrote about it before trying to find out what it was and that was a great experience. I thought it was some sort of cell, but I believe now that it might be a crystal. I’m waiting to find out. As I’m always saying in this Blog – poetry takes me to wonderful places. Maybe I’ll try looking into that crystal to see where I might be going next.